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Australian hurdler and bobsledder

Jana Pittman (born 9 November 1982) is an Australian former athlete. During her athletic career Pittman specialised in the 400 metres run and 400-metre hurdles events. She is a two-time world champion in the 400 m hurdles, from 2003 and 2007. She also won the gold medal in this event at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and was part of Australia’s winning 4 × 400 metres relay teams at both events.

Pittman is one of only ten athletes (along with Valerie Adams, Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Kirani James, Dani Samuels, David Storl and Faith Kipyegon) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.

Pittman also competed in the two-woman bobsleigh at the 2014 Winter Olympics, making her the first Australian female athlete to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympic games.[2][3]

Early career[edit]

Pittman attended Matthew Pearce Primary School, Crestwood High School, Mount St Benedict College and Girraween High School in western Sydney. She is second cousin to diver Melissa Wu.[4] She competed until April 2006 under her maiden name Pittman, then under her married name Rawlinson, and in 2009, following the breakdown of her marriage, as Pittman-Rawlinson.[citation needed]

Pittman won the 400 m hurdles at the 1999 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Bydgoszcz and became treble champion in 200 m, 400 m and 400 m hurdles at the national championships of that year.[citation needed] In 2000, she became the first woman ever to win the 400 m flat and hurdles double at any IAAF or IOC championships – in this case, the 2000 World Junior Championships in Santiago (Chile).[citation needed]

Knee injury[edit]

Just before the Athens Olympics, Pittman tore her right meniscus during a warm-up for a track meet in Zurich, where she had been favoured to win the 400 m hurdles event. After undergoing surgery in London only one week before the start of the games, she ran 5th in the final.[5]

2006 Commonwealth Games[edit]

At the Melbourne Commonwealth Games Jana Pittman successfully defended her two Commonwealth titles.

4×400m Relay[edit]

As at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Pittman-Rawlinson was a member of Australia’s gold medal-winning 4 × 400 m relay team (with Tamsyn Lewis, Caitlin Willis and Rosemary Hayward). However, the 2006 Aussie team was awarded the gold medal after the disqualification of the England team for running outside their lane.[6] Pittman later wrote a letter of apology to the English team and offered her gold medal to them. She blamed the disqualification on Lewis who, alongside Pittman, went up to the officials after the race to point out the violation of Englishwoman Natasha Danvers-Smith of taking an incorrect position on the starting leg.[7] According to the ABC Sports Desk[8] the officials were moving to disqualify England anyway. England head coach, Brad McStravick, questioned Pittman’s motivation for writing the letter: “I know she is going to spend, well, at least half the year in England and I think some of the girls wondered whether it was just to try and make peace, so that she mightn’t face any animosity once she was living and training in England,” he said.[9]

400m Hurdles[edit]

Pittman won the 400m hurdles title with a new Games record time of 53.83 seconds.[10] This was her first major championship in the event since her 2004 knee injury and subsequent stress fractures in her back.

Osaka 2007[edit]

After delivering her first child, Cornelis, Pittman had her wisdom teeth removed and a 10-week injury break with plantar fasciitis. Despite these difficulties, she ran well on the European circuit and comfortably won the 400 m hurdles at the Osaka World Championships.

She carried a slight injury through her 2007 season, having surgery later in the year to remove loose cartilage and floating bone fragments in the second toe of her right foot.

Pittman was pre-selected for the 2008 Australian Olympic team in late 2007.

Beijing 2008[edit]

In January 2008, Pittman was nominated for ‘Comeback of the Year’ at the Laureus World Sports Awards after winning the World Title in Osaka, within 9 months of giving birth to her son.

In February 2008, Pittman again set her sights on Olympic victory at the Beijing Olympics. But on 9 July 2008, Pittman announced she might not be competing at the Beijing Games, because of the complications with the toe injury.[11] The Australian subsequently reported that a large number of Australians had “viciously turned against the fallen track star”, strongly criticising her.[12]

Injury problems[edit]

On 29 June 2009, Pittman returned to racing after more than a year with a victory in the Grand Prix event at Málaga, Spain. She won the 400-metre hurdles in a time of 55.67 seconds ahead of Ukrainian Anastasiya Rabchenyuk and Janet Wienand of South Africa.[13] However, she was not fit enough to defend her title at the 2009 World Championships. A hamstring problem caused by bulging disc in her back interrupted her preparation for the tournament, but she was confident of a return, saying “I hope I can recover from this latest setback and get back on track for my long-term goal and dream – winning Olympic Gold in London in 2012”.[14]

Another 20 months passed before her return to competition. In April 2011, she beat domestic rival Lauren Boden on the final leg of the Australian Athletics Tour.[15]

Pittman suffered a foot injury in March 2012 which put her out of contention for the London Olympics, and resulted in her deciding to retire from athletics. After trying rowing and boxing, she elected to try her hand at bobsledding, acting as brakewoman to Australian pilot Astrid Radjenovic with a view to competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[16] In her first race Radjenovic and Pittman scored Australia’s best ever World Cup finish with a seventh place at Altenberg in January 2013.[17]

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics[edit]

In 2014, Pittman competed in the two-person bobsleigh event at the Sochi Winter Olympics. In doing so she became the first female (and second overall after Paul Narracott) to represent Australia in both the summer and winter olympics. The team of Pittman (brakeman) and Astrid Radjenovic (pilot) finished in 14th position.[18]

Medical career[edit]

In January 2013, while training for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Pittman began studying medicine at Western Sydney University;[19] she received her medical MBBS degree from this university in 2019.[20]

She is an ambassador for the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF), having been treated for the precancerous condition, cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, in 2014.[21]

TV appearances[edit]

Pittman was part of the cast of the second season of SAS Australia in 2021.[22] In November 2021, Pittman was featured in an episode of Australian Story on ABC TV, which was named ‘The Last Hurdle’.[23] In 2023, Pittman competed on the seventh season of The Amazing Race Australia with her son, Cornelis.[24]

Personal life[edit]

On 31 March 2006, Pittman married English athlete Chris Rawlinson at Morningstar Estate on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Rawlinson, also a specialist 400 m hurdler, coached Jana from 2004 to 2009. On 14 December 2006 she gave birth to the couple’s son, Cornelis. She later stated that she had gone for a hard twenty-minute run on the morning of the birth and “felt like a whale”. In April 2009, it was announced that Pittman and Rawlinson had separated after three years of marriage and, in May 2009, she returned to training under Craig Hilliard, who had previously coached her.[25] In an interview on 24 October 2009, her new role as a single mother was described as “Jana’s toughest hurdle”.[26]

In May 2009, it was revealed that Pittman had undergone breast implant surgery after the birth of her son.[27] The following year she announced she’d had the implants removed as they had “affected her running”, but might consider having her breasts augmented again once her athletic career was over.[28]

In January 2010, it was announced that Pittman had been reconciled with Rawlinson and that they might renew their vows.[28] On 31 March 2010, Pittman renewed vows with Rawlinson in England, wearing an unconventional red wedding dress.[29] However, on 16 April 2011, it was announced that Pittman and Rawlinson had split again and they divorced.[30]

In 2015, after her cervical cancer scare Jana decided to use an anonymous sperm donor to conceive her second child,[31] a daughter,[32] while she was dating runner James Gurr.[31] In 2016, she had her third child using the same donor,[33][34] a second daughter,[32] while studying Medicine at the University of Western Sydney.[34] In January 2020, Pittman began working as a junior doctor at Blacktown Hospital in Sydney’s west.[20]

In April 2017, Pittman announced her engagement to IT consultant Rajiv Chaudhri.[35]

In May 2020, Pittman revealed that she had been together with Sydney businessman Paul Gatward[32] for ‘almost 6 months’ and that they were expecting their first child, Pittman’s fourth and Gatward’s first.[33] They planned to elope in June,[33] and by the time that their son was born around November 2020,[34] they had been married ‘just months’.[32]

In October 2021, Pittman revealed that she and Gatward were expecting twins.[36] On 22 March 2022, Pittman gave birth naturally to a daughter and a son.[37]


  • 2021 – Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee[38]


  1. ^ “Jana Pittman”. sochi2014.olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  2. ^ Sharwood, Anthony (8 May 2013). “Jana Pittman is happier, meatier and cooler in a bobsled”. The Advertiser. Archived from the original on 5 October 2021. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  3. ^ Webster, Andrew (1 February 2014). “Jana Pittman and Astrid Radjenovic happy to trade track for ice on bobsleigh team”. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  4. ^ ABC Beijing 2008 preview – Diving Archived 8 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Aiken, Kirsten (9 August 2004). “Jana Pittman plans Olympic comeback after knee surgery”. abc.net.au. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  6. ^ Gibson, Jano (26 March 2006). “England disqualified, Aust gold”. smh.com.au. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  7. ^ Pittman spat: English want all four golds Archived 25 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine Sydney Morning Herald, 3 April 2006
  8. ^ ABC Sport Archived 5 April 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ “England question Pittman’s offer”. abc.net.au. 2 April 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  10. ^ Mackay, Duncan (24 March 2006). “Pittman wins back a place in Australian hearts”. The Guardian.
  11. ^ Cooper, Mex (10 July 2008). “Athletics Australia rallies behind Rawlinson”. The Age. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012.
  12. ^ English, Ben (11 July 2008). “Australia turns on Jana Rawlinson as she pulls out of Olympics”. The Australian. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008.
  13. ^ “Rawlinson comeback a success”. 17 August 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2021. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  14. ^ Pittman-Rawlinson out of Worlds. BBC Sport (26 July 2009). Retrieved on 9 August 2009.
  15. ^ Johnson, Len (1 April 2011). Perth marks Pittman-Rawlinson’s return as Pearson scores impressive treble Archived 18 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2 April 2011.
  16. ^ Kogoy, Peter (6 December 2012). “Jana Pittman’s cool run at making another Olympics”. The Australian. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  17. ^ AAP (7 January 2013). “Jana Pittman pushes Australia to best ever finish in World Cup bobsleigh”. smh.com.au. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  18. ^ Webster, Andrew (20 February 2014). “Sochi Winter Olympics: Jana Pittman wants to take on bobsleigh again, may return to track in Rio”. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  19. ^ Gleeson, Michael (14 April 2015). “A pregnant pause on road to Rio for Jana Pittman”. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  20. ^ a b Witoslawski, Ashlea (20 January 2020). “Olympian Jana Pittman now a doctor”. The Canberra Times. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  21. ^ “Ambassadors”. Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  22. ^ Hussey, Sam (14 September 2021). “SAS Australia 2021: Where is it filmed, full cast uncensored and how to watch the latest episodes online for free”. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  23. ^ ABC Television (1 November 2021). “Australian Story, ‘The Last Hurdle’“. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  24. ^ “The Amazing Race Australia Celebrity Edition: Meet The 11 Teams”. 10Play. 9 June 2023. Retrieved 9 June 2023.
  25. ^ McAsey, Jenny (28 May 2009). “Rawlinson’s clear path to world titles”. The Australian. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  26. ^ “Jana Pittman’s Toughest Hurdle”, Herald Sun, 24 October 2009
  27. ^ O’Neill, Marnie (31 May 2009). “Jana’s ‘secret’ boob job exposed”. The Sunday Telegraph. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012.
  28. ^ a b “Jana Rawlinson sacrifices breast implants for Olympics”. BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  29. ^ Fydler, Rose (12 April 2010). “Jana and Chris renew their vows: “I do…again!”“. Woman’s Day. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
  30. ^ Gullan, Scott (16 April 2011). “Jana Pittman on track for second divorce from Chris Rawlinson”. heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  31. ^ a b Rowlands, Letitia. “Jana Pittman pregnant via donor sperm – and in love”. Essential Baby.
  32. ^ a b c d Findlay, Shannen (1 November 2021). “‘I wish I can take it back.’ Jana Pittman on the moment the media turned on her”. Mamamia. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  33. ^ a b c Fuhrmann, Natalee (11 May 2020). “Jana Pittman’s Double Joy Baby #4 and a Secret Wedding”. New Idea.
  34. ^ a b c Kippist, Lucy (18 July 2016). “Jana Pittman’s incredible pregnancy news”. News.com.au. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  35. ^ “Jana Pittman set to marry for third time to second man”. 18 April 2017.
  36. ^ “We’re ecstatic!” SAS Australia star Jana Pittman is expecting twins”. Who. 13 October 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  37. ^ “EXCLUSIVE: Jana Pittman: ‘It’s a miracle my twins arrived safely’“. New Idea. 10 April 2022. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  38. ^ “Jana Pittman”. Sport Australia Hall of Fame. 14 November 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2021.

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